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Unnatural Voices: Extreme Narration in Modern and Contemporary Fiction

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Brian Richardson presents a study that explores in depth one of the most significant aspects of late modernist, avant-garde, and postmodern narrative. "Unnatural Voices" analyzes in depth the creation, fragmentation, and reconstitution of experimental narrative voices that transcend familiar first- and third-person perspectives. Going beyond standard theories that are base ...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published November 15th 2006 by Ohio State University Press
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Steven
Mar 29, 2008 Steven rated it it was amazing
Shelves: narrative-theory
One of my juicy airplane reads was Brian Richardson's Unnatural Voices: Extreme Narration in Modern and Contemporary Fiction, which is now an essential member in my collection of books on narratology, narrativity, and the theory of narrative in general [see the bibliography at the bottom for the rest]. Two high-level takeaways from Richardson's book—challenges, really, to the extant literature on narrative theory— are: (1) current theory does not—and can not—adequately account for anti-mimetic a ...more
Claire S
I used to be really uncomfortable with 'weird' type books, but with my daughter whizzing through high school as fast as she is, I feel more anchored and able to take on such things. I wish I'd learned more about this sort of stuff in College! If it was even being taught then. The idea that literature is always moving forward is a 'missing link' that seems obvious now.
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Sep 29, 2014 Michael Sussman rated it it was amazing
An indispensable volume for readers and writers of experimental and postmodern fiction. Comprehensive and remarkably lucid.
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